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Young Women Riskier About Sex When on the Pill

  • Jim Liebelt Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University
  • Published Oct 17, 2012
Young Women Riskier About Sex When on the Pill

A new study finds that when young women start using hormonal contraceptives -- pills, patches, shots and rings -- they often stop using condoms. Plus, when women stop taking hormonal contraceptives later, they tend to not resume using condoms, putting themselves at risk for pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.

Researchers from Stanford Medical School in the US analyzed data from nearly 1,200 sexually active women aged 15 to 24 visiting Planned Parenthood clinics and starting hormonal contraception. At the beginning of the study, 36 percent of the young women used condoms consistently. Condom use dropped to 27 percent three months later. Over the year, some women discontinued using hormonal contraception, with more than half not resuming using condoms after they stopped using hormone-based contraception.

The study was published in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Source: NY Daily News